According to the Defense Department, military spouses make 25 percent less than their civilian counterparts. Let’s put that in perspective: The average annual pay in the United States is $45,790. A military spouse working the exact same job is averaging $34,342.50 -- that’s $11,447.50 less per year.
That’s a lot of money. Think about it: That’s the equivalent of 2,632 Caramel Macchiatos, 38 Coach purses, or a year’s tuition at a public university.
So, how can you make sure you’re earning what you deserve? Start by asking for a raise. Not sure how to go about it? Just follow 5 simple steps.
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